Wyomissing restaurateur buying Shillington Farmers Market

CUMRU TWP., Pa. - The Shillington Farmers Market is changing hands after more than 80 years of being owned by the same family.

Hamid Chaudhry, the owner of Wyomissing Restaurant and Bakery, announced Wednesday that he is buying the market off Lancaster Avenue in Cumru Township.

The purchase price was not disclosed, but the 18,190-square-foot market had been listed by NAI Keystone for $950,000.

"Ownership has decided it is time to retire and allow a new owner to carry on the longstanding tradition and venue that the market offers its tenants and customers," the listing states.

The market, established in 1935, has been in its current location since 2001. It's original location was on Lancaster Avenue at Museum Road, on property now occupied by a Wawa convenience store and a Riverfront Federal Credit Union branch.

The market's current vendors include Balthaser's Meats, Hartranft’s Poultry & Seafood, Olivia's Produce, Salino's Imports, and Stricklers Deli.

Chaudhry told 69 News that he expects to take ownership of the market in the next six to eight weeks.

"Just like anything else in life, for me or any other project I have been part of, it takes me a while to make a significant difference," Chaudhry said in a post on his Facebook page. "God willing, my goal is to bring back Shillington Farmers Market to its old glory days."

Chaudhry, the former owner of a three Dairy Queen franchises in Berks County, has owned the Wyomissing Restaurant and Bakery since late 2015. Chaudhry is well-known for using his businesses as fundraising venues to help other individuals and organizations in need.

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